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Eurozone economy grew a paltry 0.3 percent in Q4
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Official figures show the economy of the 19-country eurozone expanded by a quarterly rate of 0.3 percent in the final quarter of 2015, a relatively weak performance given tail winds such as cheap energy, a weaker currency and monetary stimulus.... 2/12/2016 10:02 AM

Economy of 19-country eurozone grew by quarterly rate of 0.3 percent in last 3 months of 2...
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Economy of 19-country eurozone grew by quarterly rate of 0.3 percent in last 3 months of 2015.... 2/12/2016 10:01 AM

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week
MUNICH (AP) -- Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short.... 2/12/2016 9:59 AM

Coke suspends bottling at plant at center of water dispute
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Coca-Cola suspended bottling at three plants in India, including one in the parched northwest where farmers have been protesting the company's use of dwindling groundwater reserves.... 2/12/2016 9:57 AM

WHO: possible Zika vaccines months away from broad trials
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization says possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials.... 2/12/2016 9:51 AM

European shares gain as bank sell-off abates, oil rebounds
TOKYO (AP) -- European shares rose Friday, shrugging off a bad day in Asia, as the sell-off in banking shares abated and oil prices rebounded from a 12-year low. But Japan's main stock index lost nearly 5 percent, leading other Asian markets lower.... 2/12/2016 9:47 AM

Philippines, rebels fortify truce amid stalled peace pact
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine government and Muslim rebel negotiators have extended the stay of foreign cease-fire troops in the south at the two sides' first meeting since their peace pact stalled amid fears of a possible renewal of fighting.... 2/12/2016 9:46 AM

The Latest: Eurozone economy expected to have grown 0.3 pct
LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):... 2/12/2016 9:34 AM

Jordan king, Iraqi, Saudi officials expected at Munich meet
MUNICH (AP) -- Jordan's King Abdullah, the Iraqi prime minister and Saudi Arabia's foreign minister are among those expected at a conference opening in southern Germany, after diplomats agreed to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war.... 2/12/2016 9:32 AM

Seoul, US to open talks on missile defense aimed at N. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Looking to take a harder line after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday.... 2/12/2016 9:29 AM

Pakistani intelligence arrests nearly 100 militants
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan's army spokesman says intelligence agencies have arrested a collective of 97 militants from three banned groups involved in a string of major terrorist attacks.... 2/12/2016 9:29 AM

Government spending boosted German economy in fourth quarter
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The German economy grew 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter from the quarter before thanks to higher consumer and government spending.... 2/12/2016 9:29 AM

Protesting Greek farmers clash with riot police
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Clashes broke out outside the Agriculture Ministry in central Athens Friday as thousands of farmers from across Greece headed to the Greek capital for a two-day protest against the government's plans to impose new tax hikes and reform the pension system.... 2/12/2016 9:21 AM

In meeting Pope Francis, patriarch asserts Russia's role
MOSCOW (AP) -- When Patriarch Kirill meets Pope Francis this week, the historic event will allow the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to assert Russia's leading role in the Eastern Christian world. It may also allow Kirill, a skillful political player with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, to open a new avenue of communication for the Kremlin as it tries to escape Western isolation.... 2/12/2016 9:08 AM

Czech National Museum in Prague hit by fire
PRAGUE (AP) -- Some 150 firefighters have extinguished a fire that damaged the roof and attic of the Czech National Museum in the capital, Prague.... 2/12/2016 9:05 AM

How impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea earns money
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has cost the impoverished North a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut the Kaesong complex in response to the North's recent long-range rocket launch to keep its impoverished neighbor from using the money factories provided to fund its nuclear and missile programs.... 2/12/2016 8:57 AM

Italy mourns young academic, tortured, slain in Cairo
ROME (AP) -- A tiny town in northern Italy has opened its homes to mourners arriving from afar for the funeral of a 28-year-old doctoral student who was tortured and slain in Egypt, where he was doing research.... 2/12/2016 8:29 AM

Pope departs for Cuba, first stop before Mexico
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis has begun a seven-day trip that will take him first to Havana, Cuba, then to Mexico.... 2/12/2016 7:55 AM

UK: Hong Kong bookseller 'removed' in breach of China treaty
HONG KONG (AP) -- Britain says a missing Hong Kong bookseller was likely abducted to mainland China in what it says is a "serious breach" of the treaty under which Beijing took control of the city.... 2/12/2016 7:52 AM

South Sudan president appoints rebel leader his deputy
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- South Sudan's president has appointed his rival, rebel leader Riek Machar, as first vice president in a possible government of national unity, a presidential spokesman said Friday.... 2/12/2016 7:51 AM

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